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HEIL HINDU!                                       173=
catastrophic. But he went as iar as he could. He handed to Japan,
in advance, a blank moral cheque which they could use to justify
their assault OH India. He suggested that the Japanese were only
too anxious for peace but that they were reluctantly compelled to
aggression because India was defended by the British.
' The presence of the British in India is an invitation to Japan to
invade India/ he said. "Their vcithdiaical removes the bait.*
In other -words, had there been a llaginot line running down,
the whole Burmese frontier, armed to the teeth with a hxmdred
divisions, with adequate air support. Gandhi would have im-
mediately blown it up, because it was a "bait." And once the bait
was removed, and the rich field* lay open and undefended, the
Japanese would, of course* have right-about-turned and inarched
home, singing lullabies.
If Gandhi really thought this, it is difficult to ,-^ee how any sane
man can deny either that his influence was a menace to the cause
of the United Nations, or that it was a priceless asset to the Axis.
Even his greatest lieutenant, Jawaharlal Xehru, at one of the last
meetings of the Congress Working Committee, was reluctantly
compelled to admit that the draft of policy which Gandhi was
ordering them to adopt was. in, effect, an Axis manifesto.
" The whole background of the draft is one which will inevitably
make the world think that we are linking up with the Axis powers/
he said. " The whole thought of the draft is one of favouring Japan?
After such a revealing confession from Indians Number 2 leader
it is hard to follow the mental processes of those who claim that
Gandhi's release would immediately lead to an intensification of
India's fcWar Effort/ We might Veil ask 'War effort against
whom ? Japan.. .or the Allies ? *
I am the very last person to deny tolerance to the genuine war-
resister, the truly non-violent man, even thought bitter experience
has convinced me that the road to world peace runs through less
romantic country, and must be guarded by police as well as by
principles, and paved with laws as well as good intentions. ' But
Gandhi's *non-violence" seems to me bogus from first to last. Not
~only does it conduce—as he knows it must conduce—to blood-
shed, hut in its very principles it makes a hundred compromises
with brute force.